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Kute Kites

A hot day is ideal for visiting the beach, and it was Kite Day at New Brighton.  We checked out the weekly market, bought lunch from a Sumatran stall, then sat in the shade listening to a busker while we ate it.

Paddling along the shore was a good way to keep cool while admiring the colourful kites.

Kites above the pier

My favourite was this purple dragon:

Purple dragon kite

I don’t think there were as many large kites as I’ve seen previous years, but there were lots of people enjoying the beach and flying smaller craft.

“I do admire a large bright kite
in clear blue sky a lovely sight.”

 

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Tiny Huts have been erected at New Brighton Beach.

I liked the Shell Chapel best

I liked the Shell Chapel best

 

The Wharau is attractive

The Wharau is attractive

 

The Turret has a wartime look about it

The Turret has a wartime look

Apparently there are two more huts in the Mall, but we didn’t see these.  The temperature was 30 degrees, and the nor-wester was blowing sand around.  Walking along in the shallows was cool and refreshing.

Children (and gulls) enjoyed the Whale Pool

Children (and gulls) enjoyed the Whale Pool

“The whale pool is the place to play
on any hot and windy day.’

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I took my visitors to New Brighton.  The pier was closed in preparation for fireworks, but we were happy to walk on the sand.

New Brighton Pier

New Brighton Pier

Spectacular kites were flying.

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We explored the busy seaside market and bought fresh cheap radishes, then stopped for lunch at Hector Cafe, where I enjoyed a stuffed kumara, and we met a pirate.

While some New Brighton shops look sad, the beach and the market are well worth a Saturday visit.

“Those giant kites away up high
look so attractive in the sky.”

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New Brighton seems sad these days, a far cry from its Saturday shopping heyday.  We thought to walk along the beachfront, but the wind deterred us.  Today it was the southerly, rather than the beastly easterly.  There are a few good shops, e.g. Marshall’s Health Shop, but many are empty and many others offer little that is appealing.

New Brighton mural

New Brighton mural

Locals are making an effort with features like this attractive mural, but it all seems too hard.  A large injection of capital is required, and that’s unlikely when so many areas of the city need help.  The threat of global warming is hardly positive for seaside suburbs either.

We were intrigued by the notice on one shop window.

NB Shop sign (Small)

Apparently the owners are keen hot rodders, so the place is closed when there’s an opportunity to go elsewhere and race.  Somehow this seems symbolic of the whole area.  On a calm warm day New Brighton beach is attractive, but much more is needed to restore it to its former glory.

“It’s sad to see it so run down
when once it was a thriving town.”

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Families were having great fun today at the Sand Castle Competition on New Brighton Beach.  At midday they were working hard to complete their masterpieces.  There were many people hauling buckets of water.  Some even had spray packs to damp down their creations.  The public could vote for the best castle with gold coins which would later go to charity.  Above the beach on Marine Parade were two professional sand sculptures and a fairground atmosphere.

The New Brighton Market was in full swing in the Mall. I bought a bunch of radishes, and a catnip mouse for Ziggy, for just one dollar each.

“Down on the sand families had fun
with building tasks for everyone.”

 

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With the temperature hitting 30 degrees it was time for a trip to New Brighton.

New Brighton Beach

New Brighton Beach

Paddling in the sea was cool and refreshing, but there’s no shade, except under the pier.

The beach at New Brighton is lovely and  there’s lots of good things happening in the area, but you’d never know it from the sad state of the shopping mall.  There’s been talk of moving the Re-start Mall there, but I don’t think many people these days would go to New Brighton to shop.   The beach is the only real attraction, and it’s well worth a visit, especially on a hot day.

“New Brighton is the place to stop
to see the sea, but not to shop.”

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